Why am I a happy mom you ask? Because I don’t have to change my three year old’s diapers ever again! That’s right – I successfully potty trained my first kid. I feel like I deserve some kind of trophy, medal, or maybe a parade in my honor! 🙂 The process was relatively painless and I would not have had such great success without this list of potty training essentials I’m going to share with you today!
The Happy Mom’s Guide to Potty Training Essentials
Don’t stress mamas! Here is everything you’ll need …
The Ultimate Guide
I read and loved the book “Oh Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki. I had great success with the method outlined in the book, as I wrote about here, and recommend it to everyone. Seriously! Buy the book ASAP, or see if your library has a copy!
A Perfect Potty
We are using this Fisher Price potty seat and it does the job just fine! There are no bells or whistles (and that’s actually a good thing). It’s also very easy to clean and can adjust to different heights. However, I would love to try out a BABYBJORN potty seat for my next kid! These seats are highly recommended by the “Oh Crap!” author. They also have really cute matching stools.
A Second Option
I wanted to have a second option for my potty trainer. In addition to the chair, I got a soft potty seat for the big toilet. These are sometimes called inserts, or potty/toilet rings. I had to go with a Paw Patrol version (very popular in our household).
Before we officially started potty training, I planted a few seeds in my toddler’s mind. We got our hands on as many potty related kids books and videos as possible. There are so many out there! A quick search on Amazon.com brings up a bunch and your local library should be pretty stocked up as well. Dinosaur vs. Potty was fun and silly to read. My son also loved the Once Upon a Potty video, as well as these Elmo and Daniel Tiger videos.
Potty training is a pretty big life change for little ones, so you want it to be as comfortable as possible. I opted for flushable wipes for my guy, instead of toilet paper. I even got him his own refillable container to carry around. This is also great to toss in the diaper bag or car when you take your first trips out of the house post potty training! The adults in my household like using flushable wipes too, so I knew these wouldn’t go to waste.
Bottoms That Are Easy to Remove
As I learned from reading the “Oh Crap!” book, setting your child up for success is essential. Pants that are super easy to push down when it is time to go potty are so important! We have been wearing light ones like these Carter’s knit pants for several weeks now. Basketball shorts are also great depending on the weather in your area when you are potty training. Take extras with you everywhere you go!
On the first day of potty training you are definitely stuck at home, close to your child. You guys will need some fun stuff to do and new toys or activities really help pass the time. I made it extra special by letting my son paint with watercolors on his first day of potty training. That was a big hit and kept him happily occupied in the kitchen over the hardwood floors.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money to do this – I found a 6 pack of puzzles for only $5 for example! I also stocked up on pipe cleaners, and new coloring books.
We don’t plan on using them long term, but I did invest in a big box of Pull-ups. These are great for nighttime (or nap time if your kid still naps – lucky you!!), until you are ready for tackling night potty training. We will use them for about a month in our house.
Big Kid Stuff
In the potty training method I followed, big kid undies are not necessary at first. We are going commando for the first month (and it’s working out really well!). You might make a different choice, or you might be past that phase and ready for the big kid stuff! 🙂 Picking out real underwear with a favorite character on them has to be such a proud moment for our little ones.
Treats … for Mom!
Ladies, if you are a wine drinker, this is most definitely a time in your life to treat yourself to a glass of wine (or five, no judgement). Potty training involves a lot of patience (boatloads of patience) and you will be exhausted during and after. I don’t really drink currently, so my go to treat was more along these lines. Pick something you love and treat yourself at the end of each day – you survived!
If you are a husband and your wife is getting ready to potty train your child, buy her this gift set immediately! Just trust me on this one guys!
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